A Statement from Timothy Cardinal Dolan

and the Bishops of New York State
Calling on Governor Cuomo and Leaders in Albany: Don’t Let Us Down

More than 200 Catholic schools have closed in the last 15 years
throughout New York State, as families and parishes, who strongly
believe in the value of Catholic education, struggle to keep up with
increasing costs. Many of our public schools also desperately need help.

To address these needs, the NYS Catholic Bishops joined a broad
coalition of faith groups, community organizations and labor unions
backing legislation called the Education Investment Tax Credit. The
measure would encourage increased charitable donations to generate
more private scholarships as well as dedicated additional resources to
public schools. It also helps all teachers provide needed materials and
supplies for every classroom in New York.

The vast majority of legislators support the bill. Why? It’s because
the legislation will help all children, regardless of where they go to
school. It’s a win-win for all families!

Although Governor Cuomo assured us he would fight to include the
proposal in the state budget, in the end, we were left out.

As the legislative session ends in Albany this coming week, we pray
that Governor Cuomo won’t let us down. We ask that you join us in that
prayer. Pray that Governor Cuomo will put children ahead of politics
and fight for the Education Investment Tax Credit.
We also ask that you contact him immediately with that same
message. You can send a message to the Governor through the website
of the New York State Catholic Conference: www.nyscatholic.org.
Time is short. Please act today. God bless you.

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